On November 29, 1918, Madeleine L’Engle, author of The Wrinkle in Time, was born! Leonard S. Marcus interviewed L’Engle and published a biography on her called Listening for Madeleine.
For L’Engle herself, winning the Newbery Medal proved to be a liberating experience on several accounts. It gave her the professional validation she had been hungering for throughout the years of self-imposed exile in Goshen. It cemented her relationship with Farrar, Straus & Giroux, a distinguished literary house where she would have the freedom to experiment across genres and readerships.
For more on the complex L’Engle and her interview with Marcus, check out the article here on the Children’s Book Almanac!